Since You've Been Gone
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About "Since You've Been Gone"
One moment, Olivia Kavanaugh is preparing to walk down the aisle and embrace her own happily ever after. The next, she learns that her fiance, Wyatt Hammond, has been in a fatal car accident. Then comes a startling discovery: Wyatt's car wasn't heading toward the church. He was fifty miles away...with a baby gift in the backseat. Her faith shaken, Olivia pores over the clues left behind, desperate to know where Wyatt was going that day and why. As she begins uncovering secrets, she also navigates a tense relationship with her judgmental mother and tries to ignore the attentions of a former boyfriend who's moved back home. But when she starts receiving letters written by Wyatt before his death, she must confront a disturbing question: Can we ever know anyone fully, even someone we love? When an unexpected path forward-though nothing like the life she once envisioned-offers the promise of a new beginning, will she be strong enough to let go of the past and move toward it?
Meet the Author
Christa Allan, a true Southern woman who knows any cook worth her gumbo always starts with a roux and who never wears white after Labor Day, weaves stories of unscripted grace with threads of hope, humor, and heart. The mother of five and grandmother of three, Christa teaches high school English. She and her husband, Ken, live in Abita Springs, Louisiana where they play golf, dodge hurricanes, and anticipate retirement. Visit Christa on the web at http://www.christaallan.com.
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This is Christian fiction, and is fascinating for the two views of Christianity it presents: faith vs works. Doing the right thing vs being seen to do the right thing. Displaying God's love in action vs ... not. Scarlett, Olivia's mother, is like too many people in church: not prepared to do what most people would think was right because of how it might reflect on her. Ruthie, Scarlett's mother and Olivia's grandmother, doesn't care what people think. Behind the awkward relationship between Olivia and her mother is the even more awkward situation regarding Wyatt ... which her parents initially hid from her, a decision which provokes even more fractures in an already-fragile relationship. Why was he heading away from town? Where was he going? Who was the gift for? And does Olivia really want to know? Okay, so the plot is obviously full of questions which hooked me immediately as a reader. The characters were fascinating, especially the contrast between Ruthie and Scarlett (and with Olivia's poor father pulled between the twin loves of his wife and his daughter). And the writing was outstanding. There were so many good lines, so many truths, Christian truths and life truths. Olivia has a lot to learn in both areas, and she does. Recommended. Thanks to Waterfall Press and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.